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Early Years Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (part-time)

This course will provide you with the skills and ability to demonstrate professional competence within the early years setting. The course allows you to remain in your childcare employment while you continue to study, enabling you to relate theory to practice and reflect on your learning throughout the course.

Valided by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 48 UCAS points with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
  • 48 UCAS points from Early Years BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma OR
  • Childcare CACHE Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Early Years Care & Education NVQ Level 3 OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification OR
  • Relevant work experience with young people under 18 years old, or families, children and babies

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting (minimum two days per week) for the duration of the course. You will need to arrange your own placement as this is an essential part of any offer made. The ability to write academically at Level 3 or above is also compulsory and you will be required to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. We welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

Year 1

  • Introduction to Higher Education Study
  • The Developing Child
  • The Importance of Play (Work-based Learning)

Year 2

  • Policy and Practice in the Early Years
  • The Importance of Play (Work-based Learning)
  • Developing Professional Practice (Work-based Learning)
  • Inclusive Practice for all Young Children

Year 3

  • Supporting Early Literacy and Numeracy Development
  • Reflections on Practice
  • Term 3: Transfer to University of Bedfordshire - Applied Early Years Studies (BA Hons.)

Assessment methods

All units are assessed by a variety of methods including written assignments, presentations, short timed examinations and reflective logs. You will develop the skills of reflective practice and the writing of a reflective journal, and commitment to personal and professional development is a requirement of this Foundation Degree.

Further study and career options

You can progress in Year 3 to the BA (Hons) Applied Early Years Studies or other associated degrees. Further career opportunities also include Early Years teaching and management opportunities.

Additional information

Our staff are highly qualified, experienced tutors who have a wide experience of working in the early years sector and other related fields such as childcare, youth work, education, health, disability and psychology. They keep up to date through Continued Professional Development activities including membership of the Institute for Learning, Institute for Youth Work and British Psychological Society. All staff have good Honours degrees, with most having achieved postgraduate qualifications.

A minimum of five hours independent study per week will also be expected. This course is eligible for a Higher Education Student Loan.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 3 years 28/09/2017 Thu 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm £4500 Cauldwell Street K1533 Course in progress

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

Accessibility
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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